Letter to GC

Dana Levin

I say most sincerely and desperately, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Having rowed a little farther away from the cliff
Which is my kind of religion
Adrift in the darkness but readying oars
How can there be too many stars and hands, I ask you
I would be disingenuous if I said "being understood" were not important to me
Between the ceiling of private dream and the floor of public speech
Between the coin and the hand it crosses
Mercantilists' and governors' and preachers' alike
The imagination and its products so often rebuff purpose
And some of us don't like it, and want to make it mean
I would never shoot you, even if you were the only meat around
Anyway, I empathize with your lower division semester (which sounds
         kinda Dante, to me)
Snow-bound sounds gorgeous and inconvenient
Like the idea of ending on the internal rhyme of psychics and clients
Though I too privilege the "shiny"
And of course, I want to be approved of, so much
Despite the image I've been savoring, the one of the self-stitching wound
Yes, I want to write that self-healing wound poem, the one with
         cocoon closed up with thorns
We are getting such lovely flourishes from our poets
Fathomless opportunities for turning literacy into event
It's the drama of feeling we find such an aesthetic problem,
         these days
Copyright © 2008 by Dana Levin. First appeared in American Poetry Review. Reprinted with permission of the author.

Poems by This Author

Ars Poetica (cocoons) by Dana Levin
Six monarch butterfly cocoons
Bardo by Dana Levin
Ghosts That Need Reminding by Dana Levin
Through shattered glass and sheeted furniture, chicken
In the Surgical Theatre by Dana Levin
In the moment between
Styx by Dana Levin
You put a bag around your head and walked into the river
The Gods Are in the Valley by Dana Levin
The mind sports god-extensions
Zozo-ji by Dana Levin
One cry from a lone bird over a misted river

Further Reading

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